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#5487103 - 12/19/14 07:05 AM Flashlight recomendations please
pmnitro Offline
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Registered: 06/22/08
Posts: 222
Loc: Lake Palestine, TX
I have a fairly good flashlight now but its not very bright, it's good to 50 ft. Asking for help choosing a light with high lumens and fits well in a pocket. Rechargeable is a plus but not necessary. Any suggestions???
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#5487120 - 12/19/14 07:16 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
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Loc: Azle, TX
Uniquefire T20 and a couple panasonice ncr18650b lion batteries. It'like having a Qbeam in your pocket. I bought mine from China for about 20$ . Buy the Panasonic batteries stray away from recycled laptop batteries like UltraFire.
http://wallbuys.com/Product/Uniquefire-U...50-CR123A--5550


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#5487124 - 12/19/14 07:20 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
DQ Kid Offline
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Mini Maglite Pro isn't bad at all. $29, 225 lumens, illumination out to 60-70 yds.

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#5487127 - 12/19/14 07:20 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: DQ Kid]
DQ Kid Offline
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Mini Maglite Pro isn't bad at all. $29, 225 lumens, illumination out to 60-70 yds.


Best part, it runs on 2 AA batteries

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#5487129 - 12/19/14 07:22 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
Zach S Offline
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Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 154
Loc: Mason, Gatesville, Round Rock
Small stream light. I have several and they are awesome.

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#5487152 - 12/19/14 07:34 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: Zach S]
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Over the years, I've owned and used several lights. Personally, I'd go with a LED unit--many companies make them--that runs on AA batteries. This way you can buy AA Lithium, which will last for a long time. And you can keep some spare batteries in your pack.

Personally, I dislike rechargeable lights and avoid units that use odd-sized batteries. You can't find replacement batteries in Yellowknife or Hermosillo, but everyone has AA alkaline and most carry lithiums.

EDIT: Consumer Reports does many battery tests--mostly for cameras but also on flashlights--and claim that lithium is usually worth the extra expense....they cost 4x as much as alkaline, but last 8x longer.


Edited by dawaba (12/19/14 07:38 AM)
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#5487156 - 12/19/14 07:35 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
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Registered: 10/26/07
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Loc: The Island Cres
Streamlight and rechargeable, you will not be sorry. I buy the batteries off of Ebay from china and dont leave them in my light when not in use or charging. You can pick up a used stinger pretty cheap on Ebay also.
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#5487157 - 12/19/14 07:35 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: Zach S]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zachary Symm
Small stream light. I have several and they are awesome.


Same here, about the size of a small marker. Carried the same one through LE and still use it today. AA batteries and adjustable head. The larger ones we used in LE that where rechargeable, will burn ants on a curb, but are much bulkier to carry.
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#5487171 - 12/19/14 07:45 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: Western]
dawaba Offline
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I'll also add that I carry a Welch Allyn exam light left over from my clinic days. It looks like a ball point pen that stays in your shirt pocket and runs on 2 AAA batteries...lithium of course. I always carry it in my shirt pocket while hunting; it's so handy that my regular flashlight seldom comes out of my pack.
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#5487314 - 12/19/14 09:11 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
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Flashlights have become like watches. You can spend a lot of money for something that carries a high-end label, but at the end of the day it creates no greater outcome (lumens) than something that costs a lot less.
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#5487317 - 12/19/14 09:12 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41117
Loc: Metroplex
Stream light stinger

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#5487334 - 12/19/14 09:17 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
BowSlayer Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
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I'm a flashlight junkie and have lots of them. I've had streamlights and they are great lights. However, I recently bought one off eBay and I love it. 2200 lumen and less than $20. After I used the first one for a while I ordered 3 more of them. Here's a link to it for $17.98 with free shipping. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2200LM-UltraFire...=item20e92d20b0

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#5487340 - 12/19/14 09:18 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Mini Maglite Pro isn't bad at all. $29, 225 lumens, illumination out to 60-70 yds.


A lot of lumens no doubt, but it doesn't carry a high-end label or the word "tactical".
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#5487353 - 12/19/14 09:27 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 10/11/13
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Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Flashlights have become like watches. You can spend a lot of money for something that carries a high-end label, but at the end of the day it creates no greater outcome (lumens) than something that costs a lot less.


Agreed, but I got a high end light before these cheap knock offs came around. lol Here's the one I have. Its a rigid industries and is an 800 lumens. Although it cost a pretty good penny, its been the best light I've come across.

A buddy of mine sells them and was pushing them pretty hard a few years back. I laughed at him and asked who would want to buy a flash light for almost $100. We took it out one night and needless to say I had to have one lol.




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#5487356 - 12/19/14 09:28 AM Re: Flashlight recomendations please [Re: pmnitro]
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Registered: 10/09/13
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Loc: SMTX
I'm gonna sound crazy but trust me. I picked up one of these guys to keep in my camping box. Didn't expect much.. just needed a small light for fishing and stuff like that. It takes one AA battery and lasts a pretty good while. It's super bright.. I can only imagine what the bigger lights can do.. and at this price, you can afford to have a few backups!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bushnell-20063-Bushnell-TRKR-125-Lumen-Multi-Color-Flashlight/34349992
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